Loyola University Chicago


Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Incoming Students


Welcome incoming Theatre students! We have compiled a number of resources which you may find helpful as you navigate the process of visiting, auditioning, and settling in to your new home at Loyola. Feel free to browse the items below and download our Theatre Orientation Flyer.

Theatre Convocation

Monday, August 30 | 5:00pm | Newhart Family Theatre (Mundelein Center, 2nd floor)

Don't miss Theatre Convocation to kick off the Fall semester. Meet the the members of the theatre faculty, staff, other students and get important news for the upcoming semester. Email dfpaproduction@luc.edu for convocation details.


The Theatre Major and Minor is open to all Loyola students. An audition is not required to declare the Theatre Major or Theatre Minor.

Theatre Scholarship

The Loyola Theatre Program offers incoming students the opportunity to audition for its competitive scholarship. Theatre Scholarship Auditions typically take place in early February.  For more information about Scholarship Auditions, click here.


New Student Showcase

Each Fall Freshman & New Transfer Students get to showcase their talents for the Loyola Theatre Community, with the help of a faculty coach. Complete the interest form to participate in this year's showcase.

  • Date: Wednesday, October 6 | 6:00pm | Newhart Family Theatre
  • Interest Form
  • Deadline: Wednesday, September 8 at 2:00pm

Fall Auditions

Incoming students are invited to audition for productions in the Newhart Family Theatre and Second Stage Projects led by students. Typically auditions take place at the top of the Fall semester. For a full listing and details about upcoming auditions, visit our Auditions page.

Auditions for actors, singers and dancers are held periodically throughout the year. Functioning much like the class-specific Sakai spaces, the THTR PROGRAM Sakai is the best place to find any announcements or information regarding upcoming opportunities. Please email dfpamc@luc.edu to be added to the site.

Student Production Opportunities

In addition to performance opportunities, there are many ways to be involved on the production side of our program.

Looking to work on a running crew backstage: enroll in THTR 321-R. Interested in Stage Management enroll in THTR 227. Curious about exploring design: enroll in THTR 252

Incoming students backstage experience interested in diving into stage management, design, and production positions may apply for production rolls via this form.

Email the Production Office with any questions: DFPAproduction@luc.edu 


  • Check out our 2021-2022 mainstage Theatre season

    • Polaroid Stories by Naomi Iizuka
    • Radium Girls by D.W. Gregory
    • Everybody by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
    • Into the Woods by Steven Sondheim and James Lapine
  • Browse our Past Productions!


We recommend all Freshman majors take THTR 203 Dramatic Structure and Theatrical Practice in their first Fall semester. Design I and Acting I, and a practicum (Ruuning Crew and shop classes) are our other foundations for your first year. Both Acting and Design have a level II course offered in Spring, so start this Fall with the area of study you'd like to focus on.

Register for all of these courses:

  • THTR 203: Dramatic Structure and Theatrical Process (fall) (3 credits)
  • THTR 252: Theatrical Design I (fall or spring) (3 credits)
  • THTR 261: Acting I (fall or spring) (3 credits)

and one of the following:

  • THTR 321 C (costumes), E (electrics), or S (scenery): (2 credits each)
  • THTR 321 R (run crew): (1 credit)

Student Diversity & Multicultural Afairs

The Department of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (SDMA) at Loyola University Chicago advances the recognition and appreciation of our diverse community, promotes multicultural education across campus, strives to ensure the retention and success of underrepresented students, and fosters a supportive, inclusive environment for all students, faculty and staff.

Stay Informed

Join Theatre Program’s Sakai page by emailing dfpamc@luc.edu. You’ll gain access to resources such as how to take full advantage of the Theatre Resource Center, auditioning tips, and updates about internal and external opportunities.

Connect with us on social media!


Current students may also join LUC Theatre News on Facebook for announcements, programming, and news of interest.


  • Make sure to set up a visit to the Theatre department if you would like to learn more about our program and facilities. Note that this is a private tour, separate from the general campus tour.

  • Remember to register for Freshmen Orientation this summer! Loyola University Chicago Orientation (LUCO) for first-year students is a summer-long online experience comprised of a variety of opportunities to introduce you to academic and student life at Loyola.